When an error occurs in coding, sometimes the coders miscodes a record, but in others, the documentation is deficient, leading to incorrect code assignment. Joy Strong, PMP, Donielle Bailey, RHIA, and Jill M. Young, CPC, CEDC, CIMC, discuss how good documentation and accurate coding go hand in hand.
Coders may find assigning codes for sepsis somewhat easier in ICD-10-CM, but they will still face some challenges. Ann Barta, MSA, RHIA, CDIP , and Shannon E. McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CCDS, detail how to report sepsis in ICD-10-CM.
Clinical queries serve a definitive purpose when documentation in the medical record is ambiguous, inconsistent, lacking specificity, or contradictory. Glenn Krauss, BBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPUR, FCS, PCS, CCDS, C-CDI, explains why documentation improvement initiatives and heightened coder awareness of the need to query can be an asset or liability.
Some hospitals are incorrectly reporting lymphoma and leukemia MS-DRGs for patients who are admitted and treated for anemia and dehydration, according to the Medicare Quarterly Provider Compliance Newsletter .